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February 27 2011 1 27 /02 /February /2011 01:42

 

The Two Become One - Not the wife becomes a shadow - Not the husband becomes the invisible man! But both are intended to be made into the image of Christ, who is the glue in the center! We meld into Him, as both work toward leaving their old ways, and learning His ways, both learn to live in the “unforced rhythms of grace”, both learn to lay down their lives for true love, both decrease so that He can increase. And as He does they both, being transformed into His image, become a beautiful reflection of Him, and a beautiful version of who God meant them to be, perfectly fitting together in the oneness of unity and agreement, perfectly sculpted to the exact shape needed to compliment the empty spaces of the other. A symphony begins to be performed, and a glorious drama unfolds, as two lives become new wine to be poured out for His service, and broken bread to feed His hungry ones. A poetry of divine order, a piece of divine handiwork, one unit moving together, praying together, living together, dying together, breathing together, worshiping together, warring together for the same cause – that His Kingdom come, and His will be done!

 

This is the definition of marriage from God's standpoint, and the destruction of it, through divorce, is a death of great magnitude, utter, total tragedy. As beauty dies, truth is crucified afresh, and life – for that union – ceases, the great Spirit of God is grieved over the destruction of His handiwork. The type or illustration of Christ and the Church is maligned, blasphemed, shattered, marred – and love abandoned. It is as though His work was not sufficient, as though the tomb still holds its inhabitant. All the earth groans, we are told, awaiting our adoption as sons, and at that moment, the sins against love cause a bitter outcry against the negative progress!

 

But we are not islands! We can not be isolated and inoculated against the choices and decisions of others, nor can we spare them from ours! We were meant to all come into that unity in Christ – in marriage, in families, in church. Division has no place among God's people. Strife is a barrier to peace. Selfishness is an anathema to love. We can not maintain our independence and develop into what God ordained that we should become. In fact, the minute we choose to self-orient, in that very minute, the symphony ends on a jarring discord, the art is consumed by darkness as the light fades into the shadows, the crystal shatters, and the drama becomes a tragedy of epic proportions.

 

That is what happens when we choose to promote our kingdoms over His, when we choose to promote our rights over others, when we choose our own ways instead of obedience to His Word. All of those decisions are made in divorce. That is reason enough for God to hate it. That is reason enough for us to seek to walk in unity, humility, love and forgiveness with each other. But to understand that kind of reason, the flesh has to die. That is the meaning behind Christ's ironic statement, “He who seeks to save his life will lose it, but he who will lose his life for My sake will find it again.” It begins to clarify in that light. We must die to ourselves to be able to live to Him, and Living to Him is the meaning of “choosing life”.

 

Each time we choose to put someone else's needs before our own, every time we decide to obey though everything in us is crying out for the “easy” way out, each one of the hard times we endure without becoming an accuser of the brethren, or of God Himself, we are choosing life. We are growing in love, and we are strengthening the bonds of unity. But each time we choose to put our own interests forward we nullify the blood of Christ, and put His work to an open shame. That old negro spiritual wasn't too far off - “everybody wants to go to heaven, good Lord, but nobody wants to die!” However, it is high time we realized that we “can't have our cake and eat it too!” It will always come down to one thing, we must choose. Christ died to make choice available for us. Until then we really had no options, it was die or die. Love is a choice, life is a choice,and we need to realize that we make that choice in a million different ways, in a million little bitty, seemingly inconsequential decisions. We make it by deliberate decision or by procratinating default, but we make it nonetheless – and the earth groans on.......

 

Selah.

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